The clinical team of The Hoffberger Breast Center, along with the therapists of The Center for Restorative Therapies, work in concert to minimize post-surgical complications including pain, cording and limitation of arm mobility.
The physical therapists of The Center for Restorative Therapies at Mercy are highly trained in treating lymphedema and work with breast cancer patients on an individual basis to relieve symptoms of lymphedema.
Mercy's team takes a proactive approach to lymphedema with its early intervention program. With a focus on maintaining or improving a patient's quality of life, the early intervention program is based on national standards set forth by the National Lymphedema Network. Treatment begins before surgery with patient education and the acquisition of baseline measurements as a reference point for post-surgical mobility.
Following surgery, an individualized treatment plan is put into place for patients. For those patients who have more severe, chronic cases of lymphedema, The Center for Restorative Therapies offers an intensive treatment program, including specialized massage techniques, compression bandaging, lymphatic exercise and comprehensive self-care education.